On The Cover

A woman and her world of music

Nana Mouskouri’s Forever Young Tour is said to be “a new journey, going back to the beginnings through the waters of youth. Dreams do not wither – neither do songs. They are bubbles of eternity embracing our memories, the soundtrack of our lives.” The Greek legend continues to wow admirers around the world wherever...
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Naturalist Michael Runtz

Michael Runtz is well known throughout Canada as one of the country’s true naturalists. His interest in wildlife goes back to when he was a small boy, when he held his first pair of binoculars. Since that time, he has authored many books and written countless articles on everything from birdwatching to Algonquin Park, and
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The ins and outs of renovation warranties

(NC) When you hire a contractor to renovate or improve your home, there are many details that need to be spelled out in your work order or contract. These include a thorough description of the work to be done, the work schedule to be followed, and what amounts you will pay the contractor and when.
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Renovate with fire safety in mind

By Scott McGillivray (NC) The best time to improve the fire safety of your home is during its construction or when renovating. I’m a big believer in building fire protection directly into the structure of a home. After all, active fire measures, such as smoke detectors, combined with built-in or passive fire safety measures can
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The most important question to ask before renovating

You’ve decided it’s time to move ahead with your long-planned renovation project. You’ve collected all sorts of great ideas and product pictures, visited the local home show and spent many hours online looking at what other homeowners have done in their projects. Now, you’re shopping for a professional contractor who will make it all happen.
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Arts & Entertainment

O is for Ottawa and O-Train! A is for Author and Artist

By Barbara Clubb Miriam Bloom is a model for active retirement.  Last year at 70, this longtime Ottawa resident, graphic artist, book designer and artist had her first painting exhibition. Now, after a career designing other people’s books and reports, she can add author to the list. She has produced her own book in collaboration
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Mary Cook's Memories of the '30s

Delicate Aunt Lena

By Mary Cook Everyone said Aunt Lena was delicate. We all knew my little cousin Terry, Ronny’s brother, was considered delicate, but the first time I ever heard of a full-grown adult being termed delicate was one day when Mother defended her against Father. He said her condition was manufactured by an over-active mind, and
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Retirement planning quick start guide

By Investors Group Financial Services Inc Your retirement will be as unique as you are. Travel, sports, hobbies, family and friends… no one will combine their activities the exact same way. Here are six steps to help you achieve your unique retirement vision: 1. Conduct a retirement/income analysis:  Estimate your monthly retirement living expenses like
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Healthy Living

Breast awareness: no one knows your breasts as well as you do

By Women’s Health Matters For most women at average risk, Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) recommends a mammogram every two years from age 50 to age 74 to screen for breast cancer. Women ages 40 to 49 are advised to talk to their doctor about mammography to decide if they would benefit from screening. However, breast
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Food and Nutrition


Mushrooms, the perfect ingredient from breakfast to dinner (NC) Fresh mushrooms are delicious and versatile, making it easy to add them to breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their rich, earthy flavour and meaty texture can add another level to your homemade dishes. Why not try them? A great way to start the day is with a
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